The Columbus Blue Jackets support the Cincinnati Bengals ahead of Super Bowl LVI. The Blue Jackets got off the bus wearing Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow jerseys before the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Center on Saturday.
Blue Jackets goalie Elvis Merzlikins best summed up the team’s matching clothes.
“Great,” he says.
That’s a long time coming for Cincinnati, which hasn’t reached the Big Game since 1988. The last time the Bengals made it to the Super Bowl, the Blue Jackets organization was yet to be founded.
Before Burrow became a ceiling-smashing NFL quarterback, the Southeast Ohio native was an Athens High slinger. Burrow was named Mr. Football in 2014 — an award given to Ohio’s top high school football player — after leading his high school to a Division II state championship game. He won a national championship at LSU in 2019, and now the Blue Jackets are encouraging Burrow to bring the Vince Lombardy Trophy home to Buckeye State.